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securing an auto repair shop and parking lot

I own my own auto repair shop and have done rather well with it over the years. About a year ago, some of the cars parked outside of my garage were broken into and some things were stolen out of them. Since they were parked on my property, my insurance had to cover the cost of replacement which made my rates go up. I had to install a security system to appease the insurance company and provide my customers with the peace of mind that their vehicles would be safe with me. Learn more about securing an auto repair shop and parking lot on my blog.


securing an auto repair shop and parking lot

4 Things To Keep In Mind When Purchasing A Security Camera

by Karen Welch

Purchasing a security camera can be one of the best possible things you can do for the safety of your home or business. They can be relatively inexpensive deterrents and "insurance plans" for your business, and can also serve as proof of burglary for any insurance company that demands satisfactory proof of burglary in order to cover any items that have gone missing. However, there are things you should take into consideration before you hunker down and place a chunk of change on such a system. Included throughout the course of this brief article are 4 things to keep in mind when purchasing a security camera.

Range of View

Perhaps the first thing you should take into consideration before purchasing a security camera is the particular camera's range of view. Many people incorrectly assume that they want a wide range that captures as much as of an areas they possibly can. This is simply not the case, especially if the camera in case is motion sensitive.

By carefully selecting a camera's placement and making sure that the range of view is narrow, you can place the camera in an area (or if you want more than one camera: areas) where burglars will be likely to invade your home. If your range is too wide, this can be confusing and it also lowers the quality of the resolution in general. It is important to have a detail laden picture.

Image Type

Depending on where you place your security camera, you might want to take into consideration what sort of image type your security camera will deliver and record. There are various types which you should take into consideration. Most cameras will default between particular modes – color during the day and black and white during the evening hours.

Black and white will give a sharper resolution and allow you to pick out more details during the evening hours. Color is more adequate during the daytime. Some cameras have an intensifier mode during the evening hours, which makes images sharper and more easily visible.

Wired or Wireless?

These days, the issue of quality between wired or wireless is largely something that can be neglected. The image quality between a wireless and a wired system is largely the same. However, there is a difference in price. Although wireless systems are by and largely cheaper to produce, you will pay for the added convenience of not having to deal with the issue of wires.

Wireless cameras, however, must be in range of the wireless network to work. That means if the distance between where you are recording your video and your security camera is too great, it won't work. There is also an issue with latency. With wired system, there is virtually no lag between the image you see on screen and the corresponding reality to which the camera is pointing. With wireless cameras, there is an issue of lag, as what you see on the screen could be as little time as a few seconds to a few minutes to what to what the camera is corresponding.

Type of Camera

There are various types of cameras that you can purchase. It is highly recommended that you do not opt into a cheaper model due to its less expensive price. These are, by and large, glorified webcams. The types that are generally recommended to individuals who are interested in purchasing security cameras without having to pay an exorbitant price are dome cameras for those wishing to observe inside areas and bullet cameras who want a specified range of an outside area.

Security cameras are a great way to keep your home or small business safe from any would be thieves or other types of criminals. Hopefully, this article has shed a bit of light on a few things you should know about before considering purchasing a security camera. You can also continue on for more information.